Advice for Girls


Get Real: Boosting Self-Esteem

Our Latinitas club talked about self-esteem issues and wrote about a time they felt they had low confidence. Then they gave advice to each other on these issues and moments. “I’m always fighting with my siblings. I don’t feel good that my older sister is better in soccer than me. Also, I don’t feel very secure… Read more

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Dealing with Feeling Ignored

Youth writer, Elizabeth Enriquez, answers questions dealing with feeling ignored. I’m having problems with my friends. How do we talk about our issues to find the best solution?  Will they ignore me? Having friends doesn’t always mean agreeing on everything.  It is healthy to have your differences, as long as those differences do not make… Read more


Tips to Making New Friends

Making new friends it is not always easy. Sometimes we try so hard to create new bonds and we wonder if it’s us or them.  Making friends doesn’t have to be difficult, so we asked our Latinitas familia to shir their advice on making new amigas (or amigos): Keep a friendly attitude. If you treat… Read more


Tips to a Festive Holiday

Make this holiday season a blast and create memories that will last with these helpful tips from Latinitas for a festive holiday. Do Holiday Activities Together “To have fun this holiday, do holiday activities that involve your whole family. For example, one of my favorite things to do during the holidays is bake. It has… Read more


Friendship Advice

Advice by Elizabeth Enriquez Dear Latinitas, I’m having problems with my friends. How do we talk about our issues to find the best solution? ~A Hurt Friend Having friends doesn’t always mean agreeing on everything.  It is healthy to have your differences, as long as those differences do not make you compromise your values.  I… Read more

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How to Beat the Heat

El sol is going down but do not let it fool you, take the necessary precautions for the remaining days of sun. That’s why it’s important to watch out for signs of dehydration and alert familia and amigos as well.Be mindful when you go outside to have some fun and come up with a hydration… Read more


Advice by & for Girls

Got a question? These girls have answers. Latinitas help girls solve their problems. -How can me and my friend stop fighting over the same guy? You should make a compromise decide whose best for him. I bet you’ll meet someone twice as better. – Danielle  -My best friend ever has been hanging out lately with… Read more


Want VS Need

Written by Priscilla Moctezuma Have you ever walked into your favorite clothing store and wanted to buy every single item? I know I have, and it is extremely tempting. The real question you should ask yourself is:“Do I want it or do I need it?” Teaching yourself not to buy certain things will not be easy,… Read more

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Living La Vida Healthy

Healthy chicas share their top tips to staying healthy. 1. Focus on the Whole You -“You not only have to focus on being physically healthy or good eating habits, but also being mentally healthy, emotionally healthy and physically.” -Ariana -“Being healthy by staying active and eating well will give you energy and it improves your… Read more


Tips to a Stress Free Holiday

The joyful holiday season can sometimes feel like one of the most stressful times of the year. Between shopping, entertaining and parties, we tend to forget what the holidays are about: happiness. Here are some tips in order to avoid letting the stress take over and bring down your joy. Get your list done early:  Buying… Read more

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Real Talk About Your Self-Esteem

Latinitas share their self-esteem advice, thoughts on true beauty, ideas on how media impacts girls and their confidence tips. How does media negatively impact girls’ body image? Media affects girls by making them think they are not pretty enough or that they are not wearing a pretty size and it makes girls want to change… Read more

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Surviving a Friendship Breakup

Breakups are hard. It’s even harder when it’s you and your best friend that are cutting ties. Whether it was a fight or you guys drifted apart because your interests changed, losing friends is a part of life. Of course, it’s a sad part that no one likes. But you will survive and figure a… Read more

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Dealing with Stress

Both at home and school, different things cause you stress. Stress can be a lot to handle! There are many different ways to de-stress, and figuring out which way works for you can help you to cool off, relax, and concentrate better. Here are some tips to de-stress from fellow Latinitas that you can use… Read more

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Parents in the Military

More and more children are missing out on the get togethers with loved ones due to the increasing amount of individuals leaving to the military. Angie Vasquez, 5, sits alone during the lunch hour due to her definition of feeling “left out.” She says, “I feel like so many other girls have so much. They… Read more


Dealing with Death

Coping with the loss of a loved one can be tough. To some, death often comes at a moment when they are unprepared for the person’s absence or an emotional crisis. It takes weeks, months, and sometimes years to realize that their best friend, mother, classmate or sister is truly gone.  Death is inevitable, but… Read more

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Young Latinas are driven to be successful in social and professional situations. As strong chicas, little will get in the way of growing girls with determination and support on their side – so she can reach out and knock down life’s obstacles. There are some niñas out there who will find the reaching out part… Read more

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Dealing with Cancer

According to the American Cancer Society, cancer has replaced heart disease as the leading cause of death among U.S. Hispanics. But no one can predict that they will have cancer – especially when it happens to their parents. It never is good to see a loved one hurt, but there are many things you can… Read more

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Take a Stand Against Mean Girls

One day at school you find out that a mean and ugly rumor is being spread around about you. You know it’s not true, but no one believes you.You don’t know how to deal with it and you feel that everyone has turned on you even your closest friends. Unfortunately, for many girls this is… Read more


4 Warning Signs of a Toxic Friend

We believe that friends have our backs and that friendships will remain strong. In some instances, not everyone that we befriend is right for us. These type of friends are often referred to as toxic friends. Toxic friends tend to have their own agenda and cause emotional pain. Luckily, toxic friends are easy to spot. These… Read more

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No Name Calling

Bullying stops here. February  marks the month for the awareness of anti-bullying. As advertising and stories surface to stand against bullying, Latinitas Magazine, too, will take a stand. In the halls of any school in America, you will find the issue of bullying. However academically challenging the school may be, bullying is an issue and… Read more

Hot Topics for Girls


Girl Talk: Teen Pregnancy

Gabby Silva shares her thoughts on teen pregnancy: Latinas have had the highest rate on teen pregnancies since 1995 over all the major ethnicities in the country. Only 80% of teenagers do not receive any type of sexual education before they encounter their first sexual relationship. Lack of sexual education is problematic for Latinas, especially when… Read more


Pope Francisco: Our First Latino Pope!

Our current Pope, Pope Francisco, is the first Latin American Pope to grace the Vatican. Pope Francisco was born Mario Jorge Bergoglio in Buenos Aires, Argentina and worked as a nightclub bouncer before entering the seminary to become a Catholic priest. He then went on to become Archbishop of Buenos Aires, and when his predecessor… Read more

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Instagram & Your Self-Esteem

Is Instagram destroying girls’ self-esteem? Instagram, the newest social media to take the world by storm, is nothing but photos, with over 60 million new images uploaded everyday. Its popularity has ushered the era of the “selfie” into a whole new level of perfectionism. Before taking a selfie many girls spend a long time perfecting their hair, makeup… Read more

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Valentine’s Day: Friends Forever

The typical way to celebrate ‘V-Day’ is getting together with that one boy and watching a classic “chick flick” like The Notebook or The Vow, and buying an expensive dinner for the two of you that you secretly know you don’t like. What about when you don’t have a special boy and just want to… Read more

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My Best Friend, My Mom

A mom is considered a blessing. Moms learn to love their child with a love that cannot be compared to anything, because this type of love is the type that will do anything for that little person. Part of her heart already belongs to you, but is already scared. She is terrified of someone hurting you,… Read more


You Are Beautiful

“My hips are huge!” Karen from the movie Mean Girls exclaims. “Oh please. I hate my calves,” Gretchen replies. “At least you guys can wear halters. I’ve got man shoulders,” Regina tells her reflection. Scenes like these, though exaggerated, are happening in our very homes. Girls of all ages, starting as young as four-years-old, are being taught… Read more

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Advice to Love Your Body

We asked our readers what tips they have to help other Latinitas love and appreciate their own beauty. Here are their top tips to love your body. Everybody is beautiful and awesome in their own way. Don’t feel bad about yourself. Everybody is beautiful and awesome in their own way. Exercise and eat better. This… Read more


Is Feminism Still Alive?

“Men underestimate women,” claims high school senior Jessica Gallardo. “Some women are mentally strong. We can overpower anyone,” she adds. Gallardo is one of many teens that believe that women are capable of doing anything they set their mind to. It’s been almost 40 years since the Women’s Liberation Movement occurred in the 1960’s and… Read more


How to Stop Bullying

What is Bullying? Some young people are bullied because they are different in some way. Perhaps, it is the color of their skin, the way they talk, their size, or their name. Well, as you might know, bullying is occurring all around you. Not only is bullying physical, but it is mental and verbal as… Read more

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Women Making History

When this country was founded, women had no rights. They were not educated and considered property to men. They were not allowed to vote or take part in politics. If they worked, they had little control over the money they earned. Women were completely dependent on men and confined by double standards. Since then, women… Read more

Take Action for Girls

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Stop Following and Start Leading

Be a community leader. Stop following and start leading. It’s cool to donate your change to charity, but how about creating change? See a need in your community and address it. Don’t ignore the graffiti and litter, don’t complain about it either. Stand up and do something about it. Community service is power. Power to… Read more


Can a Latina be a Feminist?

The “F” word: feminist; Katy Perry doesn’t want it and neither does Taylor Swift. But what about artists like Shakira and Jennifer Lopez? Why doesn’t the Latino community discuss feminism, or question our role models about feminism? We are a community built by strong women. We all know them: our abuelas, our moms, sisters, and… Read more


Reduce, Reuse & Recycle

Recycling has gained an international momentum. With this new change of pace, active steps are being taken in different states and countries to ensure mother nature is plastic bag free. Using reusable bags is not only chic, it helps the environment. Plastic Bag Tax across the globe In 2002, Ireland implemented what they called a PlasTax,… Read more


5 Ways to Volunteer

Volunteering is a rewarding experience. The memories you make as a volunteer will last a lifetime. One of the best benefits that is obtained from volunteering is the fact that you have made an impact on someone’s life!  Here are five fun ways you can get started in helping make a difference in your community… Read more

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Teen Tackles Childhood Obesity

Recently, Angela had the opportunity to attend the National Summit of Childhood Obesity. Angela, age seventeen, is a leader at the Boys and Girls Club in Nevada and has been part of the organization for four years. She is in the Triple Play Sports Leadership Club, the Keystone Club and she works as a leader… Read more

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Five Ways to Help Homeless Pets

Do you have a passion for helping animals?  Here are five ways you can help our homeless furry friends! According to the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), five to seven million homeless pets enter animal shelters in our country every year where four million are euthanized, or put to sleep.  Sadly, the majority of destroyed… Read more

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7 Steps to Get Involved

1. Pursue Your Interests If you’re doing something that you love, it shows. Not only will you feel better about yourself but you will give more effort and more time. If you’re a soccer chica, you love kids or you’re interested in art there is most likely an organization for you. Chances are you will… Read more


On the Job Hunt

After a long day of high school, with all the homework and the teachers and the gossip, who has time for a job? Is it not enough to have to worry about all of those things without adding on the stresses of working afterschool at the local burger joint? Despite the many issues the average… Read more


Keeping it Green: 8 New Ways to Help the Planet

What’s wrong with our planet? The Earth’s many ecosystems are in a bind right now. People are crowding out animal and plant populations, using up the energy resources, over-fishing the seas, and throwing trash everywhere! It has been slowly destroying animal and plant habitats for centuries and polluting the air, land, water, and soil. If… Read more

True Stories for Girls

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Growing Up Latina

written by Stephanie Puente I was born in the United States, but my parents, aunts, uncles, and grandparents were born in different parts of Mexico. My dad and grandma only speak Spanish, which made it very difficult for me to communicate with them because I was accustomed to the English language. As I got older,… Read more

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True Stories: Cultural Struggles

Fandi and Ariadne share their experience with cultural obstacles. “I’ve had struggles with my culture before, and one of the most recent ones has been when I decided to come to study here in the US, my parents where really happy about it but the rest of my family wasn’t exactly delighted with this. My… Read more


Chica Poderosa: Emily Hernandez

In our Chicas Poderosa series, we highlight the stories of chicas and what makes them poderosas! Meet Emily Hernandez, Spring 2016 Editorial Intern. When asked why she’s a chica poderosa, Emily shares: I am a chica poderosa because I’m proud of my Mexican roots, I’m independent, and I do everything I can to help the… Read more


Discrimination: Heard and Stopped

There is nothing that hurts more than being verbally abused or being called on for being different than other people. According to a Pew research poll, Latinos are the 2nd most discriminated against ethnic group. “When I was in high school, I used to play football. I grew up in a house with all boys,… Read more



Whether we grew up watching “Dora the Explorer” or “El Chavo del Ocho,” there are certain traditions that have shaped who we are today. However, because of all the countries that belong in the Hispanic community, it may seem like each heritage has a different culture. Nevertheless, our cultures have influenced our upbringing and, despite… Read more

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True Story: Confessions of an Ex-Shoplifter

When I started my freshman year of high school, I began to surround myself with the wrong crowd. It was not until I had a brush with law enforcement that I really learned my lesson and the consequences that came with hanging out with the wrong people. I was not like the majority of the… Read more


Living with Lupus

At age 13, Gabby Castillo sits down once a month with people double, triple her age that are going through what she is going through. She drives with her mother one Saturday of the month from her hometown in Lockhart, Texas to San Antonio to discuss her struggle with Lupus with other members of the… Read more

Living With Diabetes

Danielle, age 17, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when she was three years old. “I felt scared and did not know what to think. I was not aware of what it meant to be diabetic, but I had a feeling I was going to have it for a long time…” she said. Although she… Read more

Gaining Acceptance

Acceptance….It is a simple word to understand, but hard to gain. Despite the progress our society has made in recognizing people from various diverse backgrounds and lifestyles, a group that still struggles for acceptance is homosexuals. As homosexuality is growing within our community, it is still difficult for young Latina lesbians to go around the… Read more

I Was Adopted

Did you ever wonder what it would be like to be adopted? Have you ever wondered how you might react to the news? Would you be angry, sad, happy or confused? Most adopted parents fear the reaction to the news, “You are adopted.” Elisa Cruz Torres, 18, was only 4 years old when she learned… Read more